Rough Sleeping and the Homeless Reduction Act

Posted 29.11.2019

BBO Stakeholder Managers are working closely with local authorities to strengthen the links between Housing Teams and the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme to ensure that people who are vulnerably housed or homeless have the support required to gain stability and move closer to the labour market.

The Homeless Reduction Act 2017 came in to force on 3rd April 2018 and brought about the largest change to homelessness legislation for 40 years. The Act has brought about new duties and responsibilities for local authorities to prevent and relieve homelessness. An example of some of the things that have changed with the Act is an extension to the period a person can be ‘threatened with homelessness’ moving from 28 days to 58 days – giving longer for local authorities to work with individuals to prevent them becoming homeless. Another change is the ‘duty to refer’ which places a wider burden on public organisations to refer people (with their consent) to the local authority that are at risk of homelessness.

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